Ring Out the Old, Ring in the New!

  January again! That time of year when we make resolutions, then likely promptly break them again. Resolutions, if we’re to believe what we hear, are rarely successful and frequently don’t even survive till mid-January. What’s so special about January 1 anyway? It’s just another day. Yet there is something about the turning of the year that makes us think of fresh beginnings, new leaves to be turned over, etc.   Here at Prompt Proofing, we are choosing to take the beginning of 2018 as a chance for a revamp. In October of last year, we marked seven years in business and there was definitely something of a seven-year-itch in the air. Over seven years we have established a reputation – of which we are justly proud – for producing high-quality wor ...

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We’re Back, Did You Miss Us?

We’ve been absent for a while, due to technical difficulties with our site. Finally we managed to get everything running smoothly again and are delighted to be back in touch with our readers! We also are taking advantage of the spring season of renewal to change a few things. We’ll be emailing some regular customers shortly with details but for new customers and existing ones alike, there are three main changes. We’ll be charging by the hour rather than by word count and we’re also introducing a ‘premium’ service for all of our writing services that will give those customers who wish it the opportunity to receive drafts and get rewrites and to have more input into their documents. Thirdly, we’re combining our editing and proofreading services so th ...

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Punctuating my thoughts…

The nature of our work at Prompt Proofing, both in writing and editing, necessitates paying close attention to the appropriate use of punctuation marks. I have close friends who, while undeniably accomplished, knowledgeable and highly intelligent,  are nonetheless frequently dismissive of my supposedly obsessive concern with correct punctuation. They argue that worrying about commas and hyphens is petty and will detract from the creative flow of their writing. My consistent response – that punctuation is needed for clarity and understanding – often falls on deaf ears.   Examples abound of imaginary scenarios where punctuation changes the entire meaning of the written word, see examples below: 1. (In a telegram supposedly sent within Russia in the early 20th century with re ...

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